History of Liberation Queen Competition

While there were Liberation Day commemorations since 1945 the first Liberation Day queen contest wasn’t held until 1948. Beatrice Blas Calvo Perez was the first Liberation Day Queen of Guam. The winner was declared based on ticket sales, just as it is today.

The Mayor’s Council of Guam and the Liberation Queen Committee plans the Liberation Day Queen competition each year. The executive branch used to handle the competition, until Governor Eddie B. Calvo gave it to the Mayor’s Council of Guam.

There are many eligibility requirements for contestants. Among them, are that contestants must be female, between the ages of 18 and 26, single, have no children, be in good physical health, and have good moral character.

Villages, government agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations can sponsor a queen candidate. Contestants partner with a sponsor to sell tickets and raise money. The contestant or sponsor must must sell or purchase a minimum of $1,500 of raffle tickets to be eligible to win. The sponsor gets to keep 50 percent of the proceeds from their total ticket sales. The remaining money goes to the 2019 Guam Liberation Queen’s Committee.

Sponsors organize events to raise money for their candidate, from door to door sales to dances and other community events. It’s joked about and rumored that families have sold their boat, cars, or even land to raise money for their daughter to win the contest. Candidates run to represent their village and honor those who suffered, died, and survived the war.

There is a Mass celebrated for the Liberation Queen and a coronation. In the past, there was a Queen’s Ball. This year there is a Queen’s breakfast at Government House. The Liberation Queen is expected to attend all official Liberation events. The second runner up is given the title Princess Royal, and takes the place of the Queen if she is not able to fulfill her duties.

The Liberation Queen contestants also get their own float during the Liberation parade, but their float is not eligible for the float competition.

There are also Liberation Queen contests in the United States in various CHamoru communities. The winners are often sent to Guam and participate in the Liberation Day activities.

While there were queens named in the first years of Liberation Day celebrations, they weren’t called Liberation Queen until 1948. Connie V. Griffith was queen in 1945 and Delfina Carbullido Luck was the queen in 1947. Some years are missing, possibly because they did not have a competition due to typhoons or unknown reasons.

Past Liberation Queens

1948 – Beatrice Blas Calvo Perez
1949 – unknown
1950 – Dolores M. Jones
1951 – Rosie M. Trujillo
1952 – Gladys Mae Lujan Lizama
1953 – Gloria C. Martinez
1954 – Cerila Rosa Matias Rapadas
1955 – Martha Limtiaco Speight
1956 – Florence Kamminga
1957 – Genevieve Ploke Snow
1958 – Barbara Bell Corliss
1959 – Esther Roberto Stein
1960 – Sixta Untalan Quidachay
1961 – Belta Sgambelluri Perez
1962 – unknown
1963 – Lucille Flores Leon Guerrero
1964 – Elaine T. Borja
1965 – Patricia B. Aguon
1966 – Scholastica L. Borja
1967 – Frances Toves Barnes
1968 – Margo Story
1969 – Josephine B. Martinez Aflague
1970 – Elizabeth Quinata Franquez
1971 – Antonia Cruz Perez
1972 – Patty D. Guzman
1973 – Mary R. Perez
1974 – Bernice T. Franquez
1975 – Bernice Teresa Paulino Cepeda
1976 – Clara June B. Restuvog
1977 – Sally M. Pasion
1978 – Dolores T. Escalera
1979 – Barbara Ann D. Perez
1980 – Mercedes T. Mendiola
1981 – Frances C. Clark
1982 – Lori Lynn F. Topasna
1983 – Ninalynn Cruz-Jensen
1984 – Gina Grace Lujan
1985 – Elizabeth Jane Q. Aquino
1986 – Barbara T. Chargualaf
1987 – Charmaine Ann T. Shimizu
1988 – Cassandra L. Calvo
1989 – Lisa T. Cruz
1990 – Doreen C. Aguigui
1991 – Liberty Marie C. Mandapat
1992 – Robi-Jolene B. Bukikosa
1993 – Vera Ann Crisostomo
1994 – Bernadette D. Afaisen
1995 – Josephine M.Q. Taitague
1996 – Patricia J. Quinata
1997 – Sheila Hope Paulino
1998 – Christina Maria Garrido De Plata I
1999 – Mary Jane Mesa
2000 – Maria Elaine Taitague
2001 – Jessie Lynn San Nicolas
2002 – Venus Larimer
2003 – Mabel Ann M. Uncangco
2004 – Cyaundra Shimizu
2005 – Annatasha Blas
2006 – Leticia Nauta
2007 – Deana Perez Arriola
2008 – Ceidre Duenas
2009 – Keneisha Raeann Reyes Paulino
2010 – Tarra Van Meter
2011 – Alyssa Naiomi Chaco Charfauros
2012 – Elesiah Ann Malaga
2013 – Ealani Lobaton
2014 – Billi-Jo Guzman
2015 – Bonita Dydasco
2016 – Alana Chargualaf
2017 – Kaemiha Muna
2018 – Kamarin Joy Arriola Nelson

By Shannon Ada